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Melissa Stern joined FOX 4 in October of 2013 and reports for FOX 4 News from 10:30A-6:30P.
Melissa’s passion for reporting started at a young age while she was growing up in south Florida. From debate, to public speaking, then reporting and anchoring for the University of Florida…she decided she had the gift of gab!
Melissa loves finding stories and sharing them with the community. She earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Telecommunications at UF and then traveled to the Show Me state for the first time ever to work at KOLR10 in Springfield.
When she’s not working, Melissa enjoys traveling, cooking, working out, and spending time with family and friends.
She’s new to Kansas City and loves meeting new people. If you have a story idea, or simply want to say “hi”, e-mail her at

Recent Articles
  • Man accused of preying on elderly Prairie Village woman, scamming her out of thousands of dollars

    OLATHE, Kan. — He was a driver the elderly couple trusted, but as it turns out, authorities say that trust was misplaced. John Tyrone Coleman, 46, is charged with mistreatment of a dependent adult and made his first appearance in Johnson County on Friday. Prosecutors say he deceived an elderly woman out of more than $25,000– and family members fear there could be more victims. Coleman appeared in court after the District Attorney’s office pressed charges from a case that […]

  • Guadalupe Center transforming empty lot into a recreation space

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Guadalupe Center is turning some of its property into a youth sports area that other members of the community will also be welcome to enjoy. The new recreation space is on the corner of 27th and Bellview on the west side. “It hasn`t been anything really, kids can`t play there,” said Mariano Morales, who lives across the street. An empty lot sits at the intersection of 27th and Bellview — but not for long. The […]

  • Groups weigh funding solutions for critically needed Buck O’Neil Bridge repairs

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Transportation says the Buck O’Neil Bridge is in desperate need of repairs. The challenge is trying to figure out how to pay for it, which might cost some cities surrounding Kansas City. “It`s 61 years old, and it`s an old metal truss type bridge, and when these bridges get to this age, they just start having problems because of rust and deterioration,” said Chris Redline, Assistant District Engineer for MoDOT. MoDOT says […]

  • Metro woman forced to make sad decision to return sick dog she got from Petland

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The Centers For Disease Control is investigating a multi-state outbreak of human campylobacter infections linked to puppies sold through Petland, a national pet store chain. People from both Kansas and Missouri have contracted illnesses due to this outbreak. “You would expect the dog to be healthy, completely, for the price that you pay,” said Brenda Douglas. Douglas got her Victorian Bulldog, Zigg, April 1st, 2017, at Petland in Overland Park. He was about 8 months old, […]

  • Two struck, one critically injured in Kansas City shooting

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are investigating a Tuesday night shooting where two men were wounded, one of them has life-threatening injuries. Police dispatchers initially said this was a triple shooting, but investigators updated that number at about 8:30 p.m. The shooting happened in the 400 block of Denver, which is a couple of blocks north of Independence Avenue, and a couple blocks south of Budd Park. FOX 4’s Melissa Stern reports that a large scene was taped off and […]

  • Metro residents still picking up mess left behind by weekend storms

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Big storms over the weekend caused some serious damage to many homes and yards across the metro. In an area in the Northland near Choteau and Parvin Road, many homeowners are left wondering why the city won’t help them remove the debris. “My guy who does my yardwork for me actually called me and was like ‘have you seen what happened yet?’ And I came over and he said, `it`s awful,`” said Lisa Sumonja. Sumonja came […]

  • Now free, KCK man hugs woman who testified against him in murder trial that sent him to prison for 23 years

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Lamonte McIntyre, 41, a man convicted in 1994 of killing two men, was set free from prison on Friday after spending 23 years behind bars. The Midwest Innocent Project took McIntyre’s case, believing he was wrongly convicted due to coercion by police. During the hearing this week to determine whether he should be set free, receive a new trial, or return to prison, witnesses took the stand to recant the testimony they gave more than two […]

  • Family spared in crash that killed Johnson County deputy reacts to drunk driver’s guilty plea

    OLATHE, Kan. — “Right now, I could not be here, anyone else, my family… yeah, I feel lucky,” Ricardo Lopez said. The family who survived a crash caused by a drunk driver says they’re thankful to be alive, and thankful the driver pleaded guilty on Thursday. The man who drove drunk and caused a crash that killed a Johnson County deputy pleaded guilty to murder. Adrian Espinosa-Flores pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Court documents say Espinosa-Flores’ blood-alcohol content was twice […]

  • Local troops react to news that Boy Scouts will also allow girls to join

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Boy Scouts of America announced on Wednesday that girls are now welcome into the Cub Scout program, forging a path for older girls to pursue and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout. The board of directors unanimously agreed on the decision. “It’s news that causes a lot of confusion, and uncertainty about what is best for my child, girl in this case,” said Joy Wheeler, the CEO Of Girl Scouts Of N.E. Kansas And […]

  • Teen asks woman for help, then threatens her with gun during robbery at home along Ward Pkwy

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City woman opened her door to a teenager asking to use her phone, and moments later she was calling for help. Police are still searching for the suspect who committed the armed robbery at 57th and Ward Parkway. Just before 7 p.m. on Sunday, police were called to the area on a reported armed residential robbery. “A young person came to our house, and asked to use our phone, I was away on a […]

  • Edgemoor shows off first renderings of its vision for new terminal at KCI

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Edgemoor, the firm recently selected as the developer for the new terminal at Kansas City International airport, presented a first look at design concepts at City Hall on Thursday. The meeting lasted almost two hours, and council members had a lot of questions, but overall everyone seemed very impressed — some calling the design “stunning.” “We know the commitments we made in our proposal, what was in the ordinance, and we are very committed to meeting […]

  • Student now home-schooled after mom says he was abused at a Raytown elementary school

    RAYTOWN, Mo. — A metro mom is livid after she said her 8-year-old son was abused at his Raytown elementary school in September. Now she wants to warn other parents. “I totally believe my son was abused,” said Jodi Betz. Betz said her son Erican was in a special program for kids with behavioral issues at Norfleet Elementary School. She said she got a call to pick him up from school where she spoke with the assistant principal and his […]